The New Orleans Saints scored touchdowns on each of their five possessions in the first half en route to their eighth straight win, 51-14 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

New Orleans drove 75 yards in 15 plays on their first possession with Drew Brees hitting MIchael Thomas with a seven yard touchdown pass.  After Cincinnati tied the game on a two yard pass from Andy Dalton to Jon Ross, the Saints countered with a 28 yard touchdown pass from Brees to Mark Ingram to make the score 14-7.

The Saints' defense forced a three and out on the next possession and the Saints drove 90 yards on nine plays with Alvin Kamara scoring from four yards out to make the score 21-7.

Again, the Saints forced the Bengals to go three and out and the Saints put together another touchdown drive with Kamara scoring his second touchdown with1:27 to play until halftime.

But New Orleans wasn't done.

Marcus Williams intercepted a Dalton pass and returned it 74 yards to the Bengals' 17 with :08 seconds left.  Plenty of time for Brees who found Thomas on the next play for the touchdown.

It was the second straight week the Saints scored 35 points in the first half.  New Orleans had 21 first downs and 317 yards of offense in the first thirty minutes.

The Saints got a 29 yard field goal from Wil Lutz with their first possession of the third quarter, then drove 62 yards on five plays with Brees scoring from one yard out.  Lutz added a 42 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make the score 48-7.  After an Eli Apple interception, Lutz kicked another field goal to make the score 51-7.

Brees finished 22-25 for 265 yards and three touchdowns plus the rushing touchdown.  Ingram had his best day of the season, rushing for 104 yards on 13 carries, plus three receptions for 58 yards and a score.

Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel scored on a 27 yard run for Cincinnati with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Saints host the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles next Sunday.


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